(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Evelyn Chavez)
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Safeguarding ground troops from above

Posted March 20, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Evelyn Chavez 

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — Roaring his way down the runway in a 43 thousand pound machine, Maj. Vincent Sherer pilots an A-10 Thunderbolt II into the skies of Afghanistan to provide overwatch and close air support for ground forces operating throughout the country. Sherer, a pilot with the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing deployed from Davis-Monthan Air Force…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Airmen 1st Class Cheyenne Morigeau)
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COMACC visits D-M

Posted March 20, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Cheyenne Morigeau

U.S. Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle, Commander of Air Combat Command, visited here, Feb. 27, -Mar. 1. During Carlisle’s visit he had two goals, to certify a Viper Demonstration Team pilot, and to speak with the Airmen. After clearing the pilot to fly in future airshows Carlisle held an all-call where he spoke about what…

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Community comes out to play at annual DM-50 Picnic

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz) A thank-you sign from the DM50 hangs on a fence during the DM50 picnic sign at Davis-Monthan, March 14. The picnic was free for active duty members, families, retirees and any guests sponsored onto the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Massey)…

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2015 Desert Lightning News Mission Update

Posted March 6, 2015 by

Welcome to the annual Mission Update Edition of Desert Lightning News! This edition of the newspaper will highlight Davis-Monthan Air Force Base’s impacts to the local community, country, and the world. The U.S. Air Force’s core values of “Integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do!” will be exemplified throughout this edition…

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Davis-Monthan AFB economic impact analysis

Posted March 6, 2015 by

Davis-Monthan AFB is home of the 355 FW and its nine major tenant units, to include 12th Air Force Headquarters (AFSOUTH). At any given time, Davis-Monthan AFB has anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 Airmen deployed around the world engaged in combat operations. Although these Airmen come from every state in the nation, they call Tucson…

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D-M deploys 1,100 Airmen around the globe

Posted March 6, 2015 by

Approximately 1,100 Airmen have been tasked to deploy from D-M during the first three months of 2015, more than twice the normal amount. Typically, the base would have around 500 Airmen deployed at any given time which makes this deployment a significant increase. This deployment includes Airmen from the 563rd Rescue Group, 55th Electronic Combat…

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D-M, military retirees have $1.47 billion impact on local community

Posted March 6, 2015 by

D-M and military retirees circulated approximately $1.47 billion and helped create more than 4,400 jobs in the local area. The EIA, an annual publication, is designed to inform the community of personnel assigned or employed at the base; annual payroll of all assigned and employed personnel; construction expenditures; and an estimated number and dollar value…

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Navy unit trains with D-M

Posted March 6, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey

Sailors from Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, Calif. conducted joint training with A-10C Thunderbolt II squadrons and Combat Search and Rescue units here Nov. 3-15, 2014. Five MH-60S Knighthawks from the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 4 Black Knights flew with the 48th and 55th Rescue Squadrons, as well as the 354th Fighter Squadron….

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sivan Veazie)
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D-M hosts worldwide A-10 competition

Posted March 6, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Sivan Veazie

The 355th Fighter Wing hosted 14 A-10 teams from around the world for Hawgsmoke, July 9-12, 2014. Hawgsmoke is a biennial worldwide A-10 bombing, missile and tactical gunnery competition, which was derived from the discontinued “Gunsmoke” Air Force Worldwide Gunnery Competition. This competition is an opportunity for camaraderie, fellowship of the world’s premier Close Air…

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‘Making energy efficiency a consideration in all we do’

Posted March 6, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Cheyenne Morigeau

D-M was recognized for being an energy efficiency installation by Tucson Electric Power during the Bright Energy Efficiency award presentation at TEP’s headquarters building, Feb. 11, 2015. The BrightEE award is given to customers who have reduced their energy use and lowered their monthly electric bills by adopting significant energy efficiency measures according to TEP….

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